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About The Magic Cauldron

The Magic Cauldron is a radio show on New Zealand radio station Fleet FM. Hosted by Mittins, a baby wizard, and Shenanigans, who comes from a long line of imagined people.

No Hate in 08

shenanigans on the left, mittins on the right, on a particularly happy day.

The Magic Cauldron has taken a very long break in recent times, since the birth of Shenanigans little twins and the introduction of strawberry margaritas just around the corner from Mittins house. About a year ago The Magic Cauldron began on Fleet FM, and so it seems right that now we must say farewell to this blog, as a new blog prepares itself for reading.

The new blog by Mittins will be even less informative and more fiction based, with daily drawings, animations, fairy tales and more ! I hope you will find it. But Mittins says, it might not be your cup of tea :/

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Thanks for visiting us in 07. This blog will stay here, but it won’t be updated anymore.

Your pals and confidants,

Mittins & Shenanigans x

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Christhams Eve Cauldron Special !

xmas mitties

The Magic Cauldron this morning was a Christhams Eve Extravaganza, with Mitties joined by old friand (and caretaker of our sister show on Thursday Nights), Jarrod !

If you want to hear Christhams songs, Mittins Christhams Tale, an authentic telephone conversation with Santa Claus, and the never heard before Christhams Rap performed by Mitties & Jarrod (from their forthcoming album) you should click here right now !

Our Playlist:

Whats This – Jack o Lantern

Christmas in the City – Marvin Gaye

This Christmas – Donny Hathaway

Little Drummer Boy – Johnny Cash

Soulful Christmas – James Brown

Jesus Christ – Big Star

Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’ – Sir Mack Rice

A Holiday Wish – Steve Martin

Feliz Navidad – Reggae Christhams !

Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto – James Brown

Last Christhams – George Michael

Mary Christhams Story. by Mittins. (you can read it here)

You’re All I Want For Christmas – Brook Benton

A New Deal For Christhams – from ‘Annie’ the Musical !

Jingle Bells – The George Mitchell Minstrels

Santa Interview !

Christmas In Hollis – Run DMC

Mary Christhams Rap ! by Mittins.

Snoopys Xmas – The Royal Guardsmen

Merry Christmas Santa (You’re a Lovely Guy) – Max Headroom

Jingle Bells – Nat King Cole

Muppet Christhams – The Muppets

12 Days of Christhams – John Denver & The Muppets

Mary Christhams to everybady who ever came here or still does, sorry it has been so infrequent the past few months.

mary xhams friand

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Christhams Countdown : Dec 22

There is nothing I like to do more in the Christhams Season, when i am not doing anything else, than check out some fine Christhams Ascii Art !

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A little helper making toys !
santa ascii
Santa Claus !
santas angel
Santas Angel !
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Some people who really like Christhams !
snowman ascii
a snowman !
santas whore
Santas Whore !
santa ascii
Santa again.

Mitties x

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Christhams Countdown : Dec 21

Christhams Countdown continues today, with my annual showing of old letters to Santa.

For many a time, since I was beginning to grow up too fast, I have written letters to Santa and left milk and cookies on my mantelpiece. I generally make it a rule to be asleep before midnight, because Santa is shy and doesnt like to be seen, also it is against the rules anyway. If you break the rules, you dont get anything, and you have to do all the dishes and sit on the floor.

to santa
199something 
letters to santty
200something 

Mitties x x

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Christhams Countdown : Dec 20

christhams !

Everybady want a present, and love, but what did you do this year to earn Santas generosity? Below I am making my second Christhams list – all the good things I did this year. These are the things that put Mitties into the NCIE list. Also, NICE.

1. I got a proper job.

2. One time I saw an old lady walking up a steep hill and turned around to look at her and thought positive thoughts so she would get up the hill.

3. I Prayed every night.

4. I Stopped trashing the wizard gypsies, aloud.

5. I Cleaned my room.

6. I Caused littler trouble to my Motar (August-September).

7. I Smiled at strangers.

8. I thought alot about charities.

Even though I have done many many good things this year to make me nice and need alot of presents, it is always a good idea to do something very very good close to Christhams time, just to remind peoeple that you deserve the bigger presents. My very very good thing is that I am calling up all the schools in my area to tell them I found a small boys book of poetry. I found it yesterday in the street, and just like that, I has the perfect thing to do to prove to Santa that I am a good samartitsan.

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‘Cows’, by the little boy whose identity I am protecting.

So far I has had no luck :/ But I will return this book of poetry to its rightful owner. This, I can assour you. If I can get it back to him in time for Christhams Eve, even better.

And then I will receive so many presents I will grow three more eyes just to look at them all !

What has you done this year to earn your presents?

Mitties xx

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say hello to my little friend(s)

it’s been a very happy week indeed, dear and patient readers. as the good mittins mentioned (and she is good, she gifted us with the most beautiful bouquet of flowers you could imagine..!), there are two new shenanigrams scuttling round the place now, with last week’s arrival of my beautiful daughters. yes, two of the cheeky monkeys! which is apt, cos the make lots of number twos.. needless to say the are simply delightful creaures, with all the best bits of me (charm, wit and ninja sharp haggling abilities) and all the best bits of their mummy (lovely eyesies and pretty noses and unrefined sugars and exotic spices).. look below, you will see. the top one is asha lily, born two minutes before her identical big little sister, arabella (grace). sigh. arent they lovely? i’m one happy shenanigans alright, and full of love for these offspring of mine. i can tell, i haven’t shoplifted for ages!

asha lily & arabella

so, yesterdays cauldron i was all a-solo, and decided to dedicate it to my new fave girls! you will note lots of wise and beautiful tunes that i wish had been played to me when i was an infant. lots have wisdom and some just sheer beauty. maybe next week i will have another show for them, why not?! you can listen to the broadgramme here, and if you cast your glance downwards, you will see the tracklisty listy..

 

  • skies are for flying – Conan & the mockasins
  • ruby tuesday – los checkmates
  • come to daddy – the dillenger escape plan (aphex twin cover)
  • johnny b goode – peter tosh
  • illegal gunshot – the ragga twins
  • johnny b goode – peter tosh
  • let your light shine on me – abbot lighthouse choice
  • lean on me – beth orton & terry callier
  • here comes the sun – nina simone
  • don’t let me be misunderstood – santa esmeralda
  • somebody to love – the ramones
  • i got to love somebody’s baby – judy clay
  • somebody’s gonna love you – alice russel feat. Quantic soul orchestra
  • somebody to love – al wilson
  • goin’ up yonder – walter hawkins
  • beautiful babies – plant life
  • jesus wants me for a sunbeam – the vaselines
  • miss my lion – scout niblett
  • california soul – marvin gaye & tammi terrell
  • after the laughter comes tears – wendy rene

lots of love and hugs

daddygans, asha lily & arabella

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xanadu (take two after meals)

Gosh. golly gosh. It has been, like, forever since i have posted anything. So, how have you been? Oh, good good.. me? Oh i’m bearing up, all things considered.. you know how it is..

anyway, let us cut to the chase. me and mittins made a radio show yesterday and it was a rather grand occasion. We played these rather lovely tunes and gossed and gassed until we could no more.. and i promised i would post! and look.. here i am, posting..

before i post the playlist tho, may i suggest that NZ based musicologists weave and wend their weary way to the record collectors fair this weekend? it’ll be spinning Saturday November 3rd and will take place at 1 McDonald St, Morningside. be there or be a squire!

record fair

 

  • It’s not me babe – Johnny cash
  • poison ivy – the rolling story
  • love is like a butterfly – dolly pardon
  • space children – labelle
  • fool country – olivia newton john
  • he hit me (it felt like a kiss)- the crystals
  • jeremiah 1 – scribe
  • knockin’ boots – candyman
  • lidl – afrikan boy
  • rawhide – frankie laine
  • the rhinohead [pilooski edit] – von sudenfed
  • careless whisper – the gossip
  • we used to be friends – the dandy warhols
  • headlines – the spice girls
  • no diggety – the klaxons
  • say it again – scribe feat. tyra hammond
  • turn it up – opensouls
  • while my guitar gently weeps – the wu tang clan

love and hugs

shenanigans!

 

 

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